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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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Seattle Space Needle Upgrades Depicted in New Renderings

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15 Jun 2017, Seattle, United States

A Seattle-based architecture firm has released new renderings of the firm’s proposed renovations for Seattle’s Space Needle, the most extensive upgrades undertaken in the structure’s 55-year history. Read more.


New York’s MetLife Building to Get New Logo

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09 Jun 2017, New York City, United States

MetLife will replace the massive letters on its eponymous high-rise with a brand new typeface. The installation of the new, more modern logo will be the first time the building’s sign has changed since 1993. Read more.


Chicago Developer to Convert Downtown Office Towers to Residences

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02 Jun 2017, Chicago, United States

A Chicago developer is buying two vacant buildings on State Street from the federal government and plans to convert them into 429 apartments. Both buildings were built in the early 20th century. Read more.


New Renderings Revealed for First Domino Sugar Building as Construction Commences in New York City

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31 May 2017, New York City, United States

Development on the site of the former Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is moving along, with May 30 marking the launch of leasing at 325 Kent Avenue – the first building to open as part of the mega-development. Read more.


80 Collins Street to See Major Transformation in Melbourne

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31 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A transformation of 80 Collins Street, scheduled for completion in 2020, will comprise a new premium-grade office tower, a significant refurbishment of the existing tower, a boutique hotel, and an array of retail and F&B facilities. Read more.


Refurbishment Planned for Australia’s First Skyscraper in Sydney

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26 Apr 2017, Sydney, Australia

A development application has been submitted to refurbish a heritage-listed building in Sydney’s Circular Quay. The AMP Building, which opened in 1962, was Australia's first skyscraper and held the title as its tallest building until 1964. Read more.


New York’s Citicorp Center to Undergo Renovation

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28 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

Architects have revealed designs for a 200,000-square-foot (18,600-square-meter) renovation of the recently landmarked 601 Lexington Avenue, commonly known by its former title, Citicorp Center. Read more.


Redevelopment of Melbourne’s Historic Tea House to Include 39-Story Tower

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10 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

One of Southbank’s historic structures, The Robur Tea Building, is in line for a major new addition, with plans for a hotel and high-end apartments to be housed in a new 145-meter tower extending from its southern façade. Read more.


Singaporean Investors Purchase Hilton South Wharf Hotel in Melbourne

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08 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Singapore-based investors have snapped up the 396-room Hilton South Wharf hotel in Melbourne for USD$174 million in the city's biggest hotel deal in 2017 so far. The hotel will be converted to a Pan Pacific within about three months. Read more.


Conceptual Design Revealed for Sirius Building in Sydney

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24 Feb 2017, Sydney, Australia

An Australian architecture studio has envisioned a Tetris-like extension to the iconic Sirius building in Sydney. The firm proposes the conceptual scheme as an alternative to demolishing the brutalist social housing building. Read more.


Completion Date Announced for London’s Buckingham Green Refurbishment

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22 Feb 2017, London, United Kingdom

The developers behind the reworking of a 64-meter central London tower – renamed Buckingham Green – that was once the headquarters of Rolls Royce have announced that the scheme is on track to complete in 2018. Read more.


City Officials Reveal $500 Million Plans to Rejuvenate Chicago’s Willis Tower

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01 Feb 2017, Chicago, United States

City officials have released renderings of proposed improvements for Willis Tower, Chicago's tallest building. The $500 million plans include six floors of new retail, an outdoor deck, and a "winter garden." Read more.


Hotel Redevelopment Boosts Darling Harbour Rejuvenation in Sydney

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25 Jan 2017, Sydney, Australia

Darling Harbour’s rejuvenation has taken another step forward following the recent redevelopment of the Hyatt Regency Sydney at 161 Sussex Street. The redevelopment process took place over a two-year period beginning in December 2014. Read more.


The Eiffel Tower to Undergo 15-Year Renovation Project

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17 Jan 2017, Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower is set to undergo a massive 15-year renovation project, which will encompass a full structural analysis, replacement of the tower’s lighting systems, and an overhaul of its elevators. Read more.


Rio de Janeiro Hotel Resumes Operations After 20-Year Closure

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06 Jan 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

After being shuttered for over 20 years, the Hotel Nacional in Rio de Janerio, Brazil has reopened. Following a one-month soft opening of only 60 rooms, all 413 rooms will begin operation on January 15. Read more.


Brutalist Bunker to be Converted into Tower in Eindhoven

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04 Jan 2017, Eindhoven, Netherlands

A Rotterdam-based architecture firm has unveiled plans to convert a 1960s-built brutalist bunker in Eindhoven, Netherlands into high-rise housing. Upon completion in 2019, the tower will rise 37 stories. Read more.


Century Plaza Renovations Begin in Los Angeles

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23 Dec 2016, Los Angeles, United States

New York-based Pei Cobb Freed & Partners broke ground this month on a $2.5 billion development aimed at retrofitting and expanding the Minoru Yamasaki-designed Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles’s Century City business district. Read more.


Former World's Tallest Building to Undergo Renovations in New York City

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13 Dec 2016, New York City, United States

Developers have revealed that within the landmarked tower at 15 Park Row, a collection of rental apartments will be carved from its lower floors. Other upgrades will include works on the lobby, amenities, and ground-floor retail. Read more.


Repositioning and Renovation of Shanghai’s Cross Tower Completes

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21 Nov 2016, Shanghai, China

A Hong-Kong based design studio has completed the repositioning and renovation of Cross Tower in Shanghai, China. The firm was commissioned to refigure the architecture and interior of the office tower, originally constructed in 1998. Read more.


Design Changes Submitted for Toronto’s 700 Bay Street Development

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07 Nov 2016, Toronto, Canada

Reduced down to 32 stories, the 700 Bay Street development transfers some of its space into a four-story extension of an existing building. In total, it will add 274 rental units, featuring 187 one-, 58 two-, and 29 three-bedroom units. Read more.


Approval Granted for Redevelopment of London Hilton on Park Lane

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26 Sep 2016, London, United Kingdom

The City of Westminster Council has granted approval for the redevelopment of the London Hilton on Park Lane. The 29-story hotel will be revamped to include residential units on the top floors and a new building at the tower's base. Read more.


Five-Story Vertical Expansion of Chicago's Atlantic Bank Building Set to Begin

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01 Sep 2016, Chicago, United States

A five-story vertical expansion of the 12-story Atlantic Bank Building at 168 North Michigan is set to get underway as part of its long-planned conversion into a 210-room downtown hotel after building permits were granted. Read more.


Engineering Expert Describes Skyslide Structure on LA’s U.S. Bank Tower

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16 Aug 2016, Los Angeles, United States

The OUE Skyspace is part of a $60 million overhaul of the public areas of the 310-meter U.S. Bank Tower. The renovations include a Skyslide, which starts at the 70th floor and is designed to endure the seismic activity common to the region. Read more.


Details of Park Hyatt Conversion Project in Toronto Come to Light

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12 Aug 2016, Toronto, Canada

According to updated documents released via the City's Development Applications site, Toronto's iconic Park Hyatt Hotel is subject to a new application to renovate and repurpose the site into a mixed-use complex. Read more.


U.S. Bank Tower’s Glass SkySlide Now Open in Los Angeles

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28 Jun 2016, Los Angeles, United States

The U.S. Bank Tower’s new SkySlide – a glass slide suspended 305 meters above downtown Los Angeles – is now open for business. The slide begins on the 70th floor of the tower and extends 15 meters down to the 69th floor. Read more.


Completion Date Scheduled for Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg

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20 Jun 2016, Hamburg, Germany

Situated on the banks of the Elbe River in Hamburg's HafenCity district, the Elbphilharmonie is scheduled to open its doors on January 11, 2017. With a final height of 110 meters, it will be the tallest building in the city. Read more.


London’s Tate Modern Extension Officially Open to the Public

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20 Jun 2016, London, United Kingdom

Switch House, an extension to Tate Modern, is officially open. The site now holds 60 percent more exhibition space for the gallery, which has become one of the city's most important cultural attractions. Read more.


Retrofit Approved for New York’s Time Warner Building

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17 Jun 2016, New York City, United States

The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently approved a rooftop terrace addition to the Time Warner Building. KPF and preservation consultants Higgins Quasebarth & Partners are revamping an extension on the tenth floor. Read more.


Chicago’s Iconic John Hancock Center Shopping Naming Rights to Fund Plaza Redevelopment

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23 May 2016, Chicago, United States

The owner of Chicago's John Hancock Center is shopping the naming rights for the 47-year-old skyscraper to pay for a proposed $10 million plaza redevelopment. The deal could include a sign adorning the façade of the 100-story tower. Read more.


Madison Avenue Building Undergoing Major Retrofit in New York City

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09 May 2016, New York City, United States

The 25-story 380 Madison Avenue – a hulking Manhattan office building with opaque glass – is currently wrapped in scaffolding and construction material as it undergoes a major renovation under the new name 390 Madison Avenue. Read more.